Ukraine: Ceasefire amid a surge of shelling

Yesterday’s Minsk Agreement seeks to secure a new ceasefire in the eastern Ukraine conflict. The plan focuses on the withdrawal of heavy explosive weapons, which have wreaked devastation in towns and cities across the embattled region. AOAV’s explosive violence monitor reveals the terrible impact of the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas. AOAV […]

Explosive violence: January 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. January saw more than 3,000 reported casualties of explosive violence, 71% of whom […]

Will Mariupol be a turning point in Ukraine’s explosive crisis?

A busy road becomes the scene of sudden carnage. An unsuspecting driver yells in panic as a rocket falls from nowhere, obliterating the lorry barely 50 metres up the road. Smoke fills the screen amid further blasts, and the car slams into reverse to escape the heavy shelling. The video did warn that viewers may be […]

Explosive Violence in August 2014

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. AOAV recorded 3,824 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 84% of whom were civilians. […]

“Notorious”: Human Rights Watch speaks out against rocket use in Ukraine

Unguided Grad rockets have been used by both forces affiliated with the Ukraine government and those opposed to it, Human Rights Watch say in a new press release launched Friday. At least 16 civilians have been killed in these attacks in the city of Donetsk between 12 and 21 July. In one attack, six civilians […]

A state of anarchy: Amnesty condemn reckless shelling of eastern Libya

Libyan armed forces and armed groups must immediately stop the reckless shelling of populated areas, Amnesty International said today. The last few weeks has seen heavy clashes erupt in eastern Libya, particularly in and around the flashpoint city of Benghazi. Forces affiliated with a renegade former general Khalifa Haftar have been bombing militia camps with […]

Ukraine crisis: AOAV warns against further use of explosive weapons

The deaths of at least two airmen in a missile attack in eastern Ukraine are the first fatalities from explosive weapons. In the context of the major build-up of military forces equipped with heavy explosive weaponry along the border, this marks a potentially escalation. This morning two Ukrainian army personnel were killed after their helicopters were […]

The Smerch rocket: A new tornado hits Syrian civilians

Syrian government forces have been using a powerful new rocket launcher not previously seen in the conflict. Video evidence broken on the Brown Moses blog shows the remnants of rockets that have been traced back to the BM-30 ‘Smerch’. Smerch means ‘Tornado’ in Russia, where the weapon is made. It is a multiple-launch rocket system […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The Grad

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. Grad means ‘Hail’ in Russian. It is a multiple rocket launcher system that fires 40 unguided, […]

Video: Syria’s Dirty Dozen – an examination of the worst weapons being used in the Syrian conflict

Syria’s Dirty Dozen, narrated by investigative journalist Ramita Navai, the face of Channel 4’s Unreported World, exposes some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets in the country, weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing apart the lives of so many civilians in Syria. Editing: Bernard Lyall Read the full investigation.

Investigation: Syria’s Dirty Dozen

The problem with explosive weapons They wouldn’t have seen it coming. On 3 September last year a bomb crashed through the roof of the Hajju house in the Syrian city of Aleppo, wiping-out an entire family as they slept in their beds. Eight children were among the dead that day. It was just one of countless […]